Menacing, an action that knowingly instills fear of bodily harm in a victim, may or may not include physical contact. The method used to make someone else afraid can determine the severity of a menacing charge and may lead to charges for additional offenses. For instance, a stalker is likely to experience fewer consequences than someone who brandishes a weapon.
A former football player for the University of Colorado Boulder was arrested last winter at a party. The man allegedly choked a female party guest. Investigators used a Taser to control the ex-athlete when the man attempted to resist arrest and struck and slightly injured a police officer in the process.